Machine Guarding



Machine guarding is a safety feature on or around manufacturing or other engineering equipment consisting of a shield or device covering hazardous areas of a machine to prevent contact with body parts or to control hazards like chips or sparks from exiting the machine. Machine guarding provides a means to protect humans from injury while working nearby or while operating equipment. It is often the first line of defense to protect operators from injury while working on or around industrial machinery during normal operations. In the U.S., machine guarding is referred to in OSHA’s CFR 1910.212


The proper guarding and use of machines is essential to the safety of the instructors and students. This policy is intended to comply with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.219 “Machinery and Machine Guarding”, and the Minnesota Department of Education Best Practices Guidelines for use of stationary machinery.